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2020 Primary Debates Prove Useless

     I watched the first three Democratic Presidential Primary debates of the 2020 campaign as I have all debates in previous campaigns.  There was one abundantly clear result from all three debates – they were a complete waste of time.  Even worse, they could hurt the eventual nominee as well ...

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The Biggest National Security Threat is President Trump

     During the 2016 campaign, Candidate Donald Trump liked to talk tough.  He often criticized President Obama, specifically mentioning the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, the “Red Line” in Syria, the Iran deal, etc.  There were some disappointing components of the Obama foreign policy; however, Obama campaigned on what ...

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Republicans – There is no Neutrality in 2020

     In 2016, Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton, winning the Presidency by 77,000 votes spread over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.  Both candidates had historically high unfavorable ratings.  Trump, then an infamous reality TV star and failed businessman was nevertheless a political neophyte.  Despite inappropriate speech and behavior during the ...

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Democrats Failing Strategy – Are They Giving Away 2020, Too?

     President Obama won the 2008 Democratic Primary and then two Presidential Elections.  Thus began a decade of what became known as the Obama Coalition.  There were multiple factors that impacted the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, one of which was the fact that neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie ...

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The Constitutional Crisis Created by Bill Barr and the Congressional Russia Caucus

     During the Trump Presidency, the self-labelled House Freedom Caucus of Republican extremists transformed itself into what is effectively the Russia Caucus, focused almost entirely on shamefully supporting the Trump Administration’s blatant efforts to cover up Russian interference in the 2016 Election and its own related misconduct at all costs.  ...

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Biden is in – Will he Impact the Democratic Primary?

     I was hesitant to write a piece attempting to handicap the 2020 Democratic Primary because it is so early and there are far too numerous possible scenarios.  Then Joe Biden got in, making no less than 20 candidates vying for the nomination.  There is so much early controversy that ...

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The Mueller Report is in – It Made Things Harder…

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report is in and a redacted version isavailable to the public.  After readingthe report, I think it made things harder, specifically as far as what happensnext.  To some extent, I was hopeful, aswere most Americans, that the conclusion of the report would end this uglychapter in ...

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Coup, Consolidation or Incompetence – Trump’s April Shakeup

     Will April 8, 2019, be the day we look back on and say that was the beginning of the death of our democracy?  Sounds admittedly melodramatic and I strive to avoid speaking in such terms.  However, those who feared President Trump’s inexplicable affection and respect for authoritarian leaders around ...

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State of Confusion – The Democrats’ Perilous Primary of 2020

     As of today, April 9, 2019, seventeen candidates have declared for the Democratic Party nomination to run against Donald Trump for President in 2020.  Four to eight more candidates are expected to announce in the coming weeks, and there is speculation the field may grow to thirty!  Such a ...

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Turkey’s Plan to Leave NATO

     For several years the news out of Turkey is not good, at least from the perspective of NATO, the U.S., and the Middle East.  Russia, China, and Iran may be very excited about the possibilities.  The Turkish people ought to be terrified.  I am talking about Turkey’s surreptitious plan ...

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